Here's what people are saying ...
"You are going to help a lot of people change their lives."
"You may have bones, but you have balls too!"
"You have had such amazing changes in your life; I can't wait to see the next adventure you and your family go on." "See you at the next Fit Nation Summit."
"What an accomplishment!!! Congratualations, I know how good it feels to shed the extra weight. Although I only lost 55-60 pounds, nowhere near what you've achieved I know some of the pains of being overweight. People don't hesitate to let you know that you are large. God Bless you on your journey to loosing the rest of your weight post more pics so we can track your progress with you." Good Luck!!
"God bless you for encouraging so many others to do what you have so painstakingly and courageously managed. You are a bright and beautiful example of a real lady. Thank you for your strength."
"Good for you! You are a role model to your children, and people everywhere...set your mind to it, and you can accomplish ANYTHING!"
"I am so happy for Karen. I too struggle with my weight I have been for years and at 5'3 and 262lbs and 45.6 BMI I get so depressed. I honestly don't eat that much but I just can't seem to lose any. I think my metabolism is now in a coma. My doctor(whom I don't have anymore) said that I was insulin intolerant and thats why I can't lose any weight. I don't understand that, but I would love to have a one on one trainer to help me, at least get me going and motivate me, but I just can't afford it. I get on an airplane to fly to see my kids and grandkids in California and as soon as a "thin" person sees that they have to sit by a fat person they are requesting another seat. It hurts and makes you just want to give up on everything. But keep up the great work Karen god bless you."
"WOW!!! What a feeling of accomplishment you must have!!! I was nearly in tears (of joy) when reading this!! I went from 205 lbs (size 16-20) to 140 lbs (size 7-9) and also did this without surgery. I can relate to the struggle. I have close contact with someone who has lost tremendous weight after surgery, but, I feel that is the coward way out. I commend you for doing it the hard way. You look fab!!! Congrats to you!!"
Thin and "slightly above average size" people will never be able to understand what you have accomplished. Thank you for sharing your story. Congratulations on your success so far...
Best wishes to you on the next steps of your journey."
"WOW! You have just given me the motivation I need to keep going. I'm an emotional eater and just beginning my journey back to thinness..........Thank you! "
"Awesome....very encouraging and inspirational story! I can totally identify with her story, and know the sense of accomplishment she must be feeling. I too have struggled with my weight for years, through many identical life situations as Karen, and have lost 128# in 2yrs time. It is a decision that can really only be made when your heart and head are in it.....if you aren't in it with both of those, it just simply will not work!! This story definitely shows she was in that zone! I loved the quote in her story, "It's a lot harder to be fat than it is to work so hard at being fit. Fit feels so good." This couldn't be more true! I just want to offer my congratulations to her on taking the first, very difficult step and continuing to fight for what she so desired! Incredible!!
"Incredible story. I would like to offer her congratulations, but she's probably at the gym! More people need that sort of attitude. Best of luck!"
"You go Girl! This is so inspiring! Much love and luck to you!"